brandibates
brandibates:

The Violent Space (Or When Your Sister Sleeps Around For Money) by Etheridge Knight 
Exchange in greed the ungraceful signs. ThrustThe thick notes between green apple breasts.Then the shadow of the devil descends,The violent space cries and angel eyes,Large and dark, retreat in innocence and in ice. (Run sister run—the Bugga man comes!)

FEELING FUCKED UP
By Etheridge Knight

Lord she’s gone done left me done packed / up and splitand I with no way to make hercome back and everywhere the world is barebright bone white crystal sand glistensdope death dead dying and jiving droveher away made her take her laughter and her smilesand her softness and her midnight sighs—Fuck Coltrane and music and clouds drifting in the skyfuck the sea and trees and the sky and birdsand alligators and all the animals that roam the earthfuck marx and mao fuck fidel and nkrumah anddemocracy and communism fuck smack and potand red ripe tomatoes fuck joseph fuck mary fuckgod jesus and all the disciples fuck fanon nixonand malcom fuck the revolution fuck freedom fuckthe whole muthafucking thingall i want now is my woman backso my soul can sing

brandibates:

The Violent Space (Or When Your Sister Sleeps Around For Money) by Etheridge Knight 

Exchange in greed the ungraceful signs. Thrust
The thick notes between green apple breasts.
Then the shadow of the devil descends,
The violent space cries and angel eyes,
Large and dark, retreat in innocence and in ice. 
(Run sister run—the Bugga man comes!)
FEELING FUCKED UP
By Etheridge Knight
Lord she’s gone done left me done packed / up and split
and I with no way to make her
come back and everywhere the world is bare
bright bone white crystal sand glistens
dope death dead dying and jiving drove
her away made her take her laughter and her smiles
and her softness and her midnight sighs—

Fuck Coltrane and music and clouds drifting in the sky
fuck the sea and trees and the sky and birds
and alligators and all the animals that roam the earth
fuck marx and mao fuck fidel and nkrumah and
democracy and communism fuck smack and pot
and red ripe tomatoes fuck joseph fuck mary fuck
god jesus and all the disciples fuck fanon nixon
and malcom fuck the revolution fuck freedom fuck
the whole muthafucking thing
all i want now is my woman back
so my soul can sing
lostinurbanism

lostinurbanism:

LORD THING by DeWitt Beall 

"Produced at the height of the black power movement in the early ‘70s, this film is an insider history into the genesis and transformation of the Conservative Vice Lords gang.  Partially shaped and told by by CVL members who also appear in the film, LORD THING is a unique and powerful tool that expresses an effort in self-transformation during a volatile and violent time in US race history.  Gritty and rhythmic, this unusual film reflects an under-told chapter in gang history as members from the West Side neighborhood of North Lawndale try to become viable and political agents in their community."

okayafrica

okayafrica:

VIDEO:Introducing French Afro-Cuban Twin Sisters Ibeyi & Their Yoruba Doom Soul

Ibeyi, made up of Cuban-born, Paris-based twin sisters Naomi and Lisa-Kaindé Díaz, is an electronic doom soul duo who are forging a new spiritual sound with their debut EP Oya. The 19-year-old musicians are XL Recordings‘ newest signees, and their introductory singles “Oya” and “River” possess a hypnotic blend of hip-hop, electronica, and blues infused with Yoruba prayers and folk songs that will transport you to a higher realm upon first listen.

Singing in French, English, Spanish and Yoruba, Ibeyi count among their primary influences Nina Simone, Meshell Ndegeocello, James Blake and their late father, the celebrated Cuban jazz percussionist Miguel “Anga” Diaz. Ibeyi’s vocal range, which wavers from the raspy and wraith-like to the sonorous and divine, is ideal for their sonic palette which revels in the phantasmagorical groove of liturgical Yoruba songs. Besides singing in Yoruba–which was brought to Cuba by West African slaves–Ibeyi honor their father’s legacy and Afro-Cuban heritage through their percussive production and use of live instruments. Beatsmith Naomi plays both the cajón and the batá while Lisa-Kaindé remains more in tune with the musical mythos of Ibeyi’s sound by weaving Yoruba lore deeply into their lyrics. “River” is dedicated to the goddess Oshun (the mother of the Ibeyi, and their first single and EP are both named for  Oya (the benevolent orisha who took the Ibeyi in after Oshun was accused of witchcraft for birthing twins and kicked them out).

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